Having your roof professionally inspected is a good way to learn about current issues and potential roofing problems so you can address both before an emergency arises. Professionals recommend getting your home’s roof inspected in the fall, spring, and following any major storm that involved high winds, hail, or flying debris.
Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the inspection process.
What are the warning signs that you may need a roof inspection?
Water Leaks are the most obvious sign that your roof is damaged. In addition to watching for water visibly leaking, you should also check for dark streaks and stains on your ceiling, as they can also be indicators that your roof is leaking and moisture is damaging both your roof and your home’s interior.
However, even if there are no signs that you need to have your roof repaired or replaced, a more thorough inspection may reveal damage that is not apparent to the untrained eye. Scheduling an annual roof inspection is always a smart idea.
What is the difference between an interior and exterior inspection?
An interior roof inspection includes checking the attic insulation, ventilation, moisture, and mold. An exterior inspection includes climbing up on the roof and checking for leaks and proper flashing, as well as the condition of your shingles and chimney.
After the inspection is complete, the roofing professional will give you a detailed guide of what needs to be repaired and execute a plan so that it can be fixed properly.
What are roofers looking for during an inspection?
Here are a few common issues that a roofer will look for during an inspection of a shingle roof:
- Signs of water damage – Water damage can be caused by a number of issues, including water not draining properly due to clogged gutters, improperly installed or damaged flashing, and storms that blow shingles off allowing water to seep in.
- Mold – Mold growing around the chimney and on attic insulation is a sign of excessive water damage. During the interior inspection, a roofer will pay special attention to these areas.
- Shingle deterioration – This can be missing or loose shingles as well as rotting or algae growth on the shingles.
- Shingle granules – If your gutters contain an excessive amount of loose shingle granules, this is a sign that your shingles are being worn away. Granules give your shingles added weight and protect them from ultraviolet rays.
Ready to have your roof professionally inspected?
Absolute Exteriors is here to help. We provide free inspections and can let you know if you need a repair or a whole new roof. Contact Absolute Exteriors to schedule your free inspection for your home’s roof in Ellisville, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and surrounding areas.